What Fueled Christianity’s Explosive Growth?

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For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Galatians 5:14 ESV

The kick-off of our Joining Jesus sermon series beginning with a workshop on April 2nd with author and pastor Greg Finke, and a plenary Bible study with Pastor Finke on April 3rd. See our website for more details. Study guides are available for purchase at the Welcome Desk for $5. You may also purchase online by clicking below.

The deadline to order Easter Lilies is coming up fast. Each lily is $12, and you can order them online here, or you may complete the form at the Welcome Desk.

Dear Members and Friends of Trinity Downtown:

Jesus was born, lived and died in an obscure part of the Roman Empire. The vast majority of the world didn’t know or care that He came to breath our air and purchase our redemption. Since there were no printing presses, telegraphs, radio, television or social media apps, news crept along at walking speed. It’s really a wonder that His story escaped the confines of Palestine at all.

So, how did the news spread from a group of peasants who lived in Hicksville and who proclaimed that a criminal executed by the Roman authorities was actually God’s Messiah? Sociologists and scholars have argued about this for centuries. Of course, we know that the Holy Spirit’s work is the ultimate answer. But how did the early Christians cooperate with the Spirit’s activity?

Many scholars have concluded that Christianity spread throughout the Empire mainly because Christians loved their neighbors. For instance, starting in 165 AD a series of devasting smallpox epidemics swept through the Roman Empire. Up to 30% of the population died. Pagans fled the contagious confines of city life, but Christians remained to care for the sick, including their pagan neighbors. Their acts of love were a tool that the Holy Spirit used to open the door for the rapid spread of the Good News throughout the world.

Nothing’s really changed in 2,000 years. Despite our technology and organizations, the Gospel still spreads from neighbor to neighbor. This weekend we are beginning a focused study of “Joining Jesus on His Mission” with Pastor Greg Finke. We’ll be discussing how we can follow Jesus more closely as He actively redeems souls. One. at. a. time.

Please continue to take advantage of our daily Lenten devotional videos.

This Weekend at Trinity Downtown

(April 3rd)

You can join us in our traditional worship service on Sunday at 9:00 am, or the contemporary service at 11:15 am. Or, you can watch the “live stream” of either service by clicking here. And, of course, you may also participate by watching the “on demand” video of our contemporary or traditional services by clicking here.  You can enhance your worship experience by viewing the traditional service’s worship folder by clicking here. Our weekly prayer list can also be found by clicking here.

You won’t want to miss attending one of our adult Bible studies held at 10:15 am on Sunday. Your kids will enjoy Kingdom Quest, our Sunday School program for children from age 2 through grade 4, and our Sunday morning Youth events.

Our doors will open 30 minutes before the start of each worship service, and you may enter from any door. As always, we ask that if you are not feeling well, please stay home and participate with us online. 

You won’t want to miss attending one of our adult Bible studies held at 10:15 am on Sunday. Your kids will enjoy Kingdom Quest, our Sunday School program for children from age 2 through grade 4, and our Sunday morning Youth events.

Watch Online

You can watch the “live stream” of our traditional worship service on Sunday at 9:00 am OR our contemporary worship at 11:15 am by clicking here. And, of course, you may also participate by watching the “on demand” video of either service by clicking here.  You can enhance your worship experience by viewing the traditional service’s worship folder by clicking here. Our weekly prayer list can also be found by clicking here.

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Please take advantage of our nursery, which is now open to care for children 2 years old and younger on Sunday mornings.

This Sunday come learn how placing your hopes, fears, uncertainties and doubts in the hands of the Lord can lessen our stress load and bring deep transformation in our hearts. Celebrate with us the depth of Jesus’ love for us and find out how you can live a life of significance, filled with meaning.  Discover how following Jesus can help you and your family navigate around the minefields of life. I promise you it will make a tremendous difference in your life.

Your Pastor,

Michael Dorn